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Angry Mourners Burn Body of Suspected Kidnapper in Fort Portal

Mugume, who had been on the police’s list of the most wanted criminals was shot dead on Friday by security personnel in Karamaga cell, Central Division. At the time, he was being pursued after hacking one Patrick Kyomuhendo with a panga as he resisted arrest by community members.
Mourners said Mugume did not deserve a decent burial because of the many crimes he was suspected to have committed.

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Angry mourners in Mugura Cell in Fort Portal n Sunday set ablaze the body of one Amos Mugume, a suspected kidnapper.    

Mugume, who had been on the police’s list of the most wanted criminals was shot dead on Friday by security personnel in Karamaga cell, Central Division. At the time, he was being pursued after hacking one Patrick Kyomuhendo with a panga as he resisted arrest by community members.

Amidst the fracas, residents alerted the Police and the army personnel who surrounded the swamp in which Mugume was hiding. Mugume allegedly attempted to hack a military person who was part of the team deployed for the operation, and, according to the Rwenzori West Regional Police Spokesperson, Vincent Twesige, he was shot at that point and died on spot.

Mugume’s body was then taken to Fort Portal Hospital mortuary where his relatives later picked it for his burial. However, angry mourners stormed the house where the body was being kept and set it on fire, saying that the deceased did not deserve a decent burial, as Dauda Kigongo one of the eyewitnesses explains.

//Cue in; “Tuhikire hanu twasanga…

Cue out… bacwamu kumwokya.”//    

According to Twesige, Mugume has been on their wanted list for many other crimes including escape from lawful custody, trespass in schools, attempted murder of some of his victims and doing grievous harm to some of his victims.

Records show that Mugume and six others were arrested in 2018  for allegedly kidnapping a one and half-year-old girl from her parents' home in Fort Portal. The baby was reunited with her family after the parents reportedly paid a ransom of 2.5 million Shillings, leading to a trial from which he was sent to Katogo Government Prison.

But Uganda Prison Spokesperson Frank Baine said that Mugume took advantage of a heavy downpour in October to escape from detention. He is also suspected of having attempted to rape a student of Kyebambe Girls' Senior Secondary School in Fort Portal last month.

It is for this reason that Fort Portal North Division Mayor-elect, Joseph Mashuhuko blamed the Katojo prison administration for failing to contain the suspect who reportedly escaped from the facility. Mashuhuko says that given the nature of his charges when he was being remanded, he was supposed to be highly guarded to prevent him from going back to the community.    

//Cue in; “Ningambira abantu…

Cue out… kufoka suspect.”//    

Emmy Lorika, the Officer in Charge of Fort Police Station asked the mourners to vacate the place and added that the deceased had paved the way for such treatment against his body.

//Cue in; “It is unfortunate…

Cue out… for Amos.”//  

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